In general, the blue green micro-alga spirulina is nurturing, tonifying, and useful for overcoming deficiencies, but at the same time offers cleansing action because of its rich chlorophyll content. Its use by those with weakness and poor assimilation is explained by the fact that its nutrients are easy to digest and absorb. For example, much of its protein is in the form of biliprotein, which has been predigested by the algae. A good portions of its carbohydrate is also broken down into rhamnose, a small but important part is glycogen. These supply enduring energy soon after digestion.
The special form of protein in spirulina benefits those with problems resulting from excessive animal protein, which does not assimilate well and further burdens the body with waste products. Thus, people who have eaten too many animal products and refined foods – typically those who are overweight, diabetic, hypoglycemic, cancerous, arthritic, or suffering from similar degeneration – often benefit from the relatively pure quality of the protein in spirulina.
Properties: slightly salty flavor; cooling; increases yin fluids; highly nutritive (nourishes the body); detoxifies the kidneys and liver; builds and enriches the blood; cleanses the arteries; enhances intestinal flora; and inhibits the growth of fungi, bacteria, and yeasts.